Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Baked Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

Baking chicken is so easy and I find one of the best ways to prepare chicken so that it's juicy. I've been in the mood for just throwing stuff in the oven and having a nice meal done within the hour.

And... I LOVE sweet potatoes. Absolutely adore them. And really, who doesn't like fries?

Baked Lemon & Thyme Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

For the chicken:

2 chicken breasts
1 1/2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
Dash of garlic salt
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of ground thyme
Dash of paprika
Splash of lemon juice

Method:

In a glass baking/pie dish, slather the chicken breasts with the olive oil and add the seasonings and lemon juice. Toss over a few times so that all the flavors are combined. Cover the dish and marinate in the fridge for at least two hours (I did about 9 hours).

When you remove from the fridge, splash some more lemon juice on them and flip over. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, flip over and bake another 7 minutes. They should be done at that point, but check the inside just to be sure, bake time can vary by thickness.


Sweet Potato Fries


2 medium-large sweet potatoes
Splash of extra virgin olive oil
Dash of garlic salt
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of thyme
Dash of chili powder
Dash of cumin

Method:

Slice the sweet potatoes into the size of fries that you prefer, I suggest smaller the better. Toss around in a large mixing bowl with all of the ingreidients. Lay on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees (so you can do this prior to the chicken) on the upper rack of the oven. At 20 minutes, flip the fries over, turn down the oven to 350 degrees and bake another 27 minutes (you can do this while the chicken is baking on a lower a rack). At about 14 minutes in, you can flip the fries again.

We also had a small side salad with spinach, pear, shredded carrots and almond cream cheese. I put chives in the almond cream cheese time which turned out great.



I am not big on condiments but I did have a dab honey truffle oil mustard (from a local Farmer's Market) with the fries and chicken and it was lovely!

Enjoy ;)

-Sunshine Girl

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